Duck eggs are larger and richer than chicken eggs, with thicker shells and higher yolk-to-white ratios. Their rich, fatty taste makes them excellent for cooking. In this article, I will instruct you on how to cook duck eggs in 2 different ways

1. How To Cook Duck Eggs Scrambled

Scrambled duck eggs make a decadent breakfast or brunch. Their creamy texture and rich flavor really shine when scrambled. Follow these simple steps for perfect scrambled duck eggs every time.


  • 4 duck eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk or fork
  • Nonstick skillet


Crack the duck eggs into a mixing bowl. Add the milk or cream if desired. Whisk until thoroughly combined and uniform in color.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and add the butter or olive oil. Swirl the fat to coat the bottom of the pan.

When the butter has melted or the oil shimmers, pour in the eggs. Let them sit undisturbed for 15-20 seconds so they begin to set.

Using a rubber spatula, gently push and fold the eggs from the edges of the pan into the center. Tilt the pan to allow the uncooked egg to flow outward.

Continue folding the eggs until they reach your desired level of doneness. For soft, creamy scrambles, remove them from the heat when they are still slightly wet and underdone in the center. For fully set scrambled eggs, cook until no visible liquid remains.

Season the scrambled duck eggs with salt and pepper. Serve immediately while hot and creamy.


  • For fluffier scrambled eggs, add 1-2 teaspoons of water along with the milk or cream. The water creates steam which makes the eggs lighter.
  • For richer flavor, use duck fat rendered from duck skin to cook the eggs.
  • Add fresh herbs, smoked salmon, or diced vegetables to the eggs before scrambling for a creative twist.

2. How To Cook Duck Eggs Boiled

Boiling is a simple foolproof method for cooking duck eggs with completely set whites and rich, creamy yolks. Follow these steps for perfect boiled duck eggs.


  • 4 duck eggs
  • Water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Medium pot with lid
  • Slotted spoon


Fill a medium pot with 1-2 inches of water. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.

Use a slotted spoon to gently lower the duck eggs into the water. Boil for exactly 9 minutes for completely set whites and thickened but still runny yolks.

Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath. Fill a medium bowl with cold water and several ice cubes.

When the cooking time is up, use the slotted spoon to immediately transfer the duck eggs from the hot water into the ice bath. Let sit 1-2 minutes.

Tap each duck egg gently on the counter and peel off the shell. The peel should come off easily if the eggs are cooked properly.

Season the boiled duck eggs with salt and pepper. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

The boiled duck eggs are now ready to enjoy. The whites should be just set while the yolks are gloriously rich, smooth and creamy.


  • For firmer yolks, boil the eggs 30-60 seconds longer.
  • For easier peeling, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the boiling water.
  • Drizzle boiled duck eggs with olive oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika or za’atar.
  • Mash boiled duck egg yolks with olive oil, lemon juice and herbs for an instant sauce or dip.

Enjoy the decadence and nutritional benefits of duck eggs cooked simply scrambled or boiled. Their rich taste and creamy texture is sure to satisfy any craving. Use the best quality fresh duck eggs and handle them gently for delightfully smooth results. With these easy methods, you can cook duck eggs perfectly every time.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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